300 hour yoga Teacher Training
A 300-hour training follows the completion of a 200-hour training. Typically, the word “advanced” is used within the context of a 300-hour training, which may invoke images of complicated or physically-challenging poses – but that is not the case here.
Instead, Yoga Buzz views “advanced” as an “in-depth” invitation to grow individual personal and professional practices by studying in ways that are not only self-reflective and life-affirming but also presents opportunities to challenge students to explore new ways to show up in the world.
Yoga Buzz strives to create a collaborative teaching environment. We believe that collaborative teaching and learning environments encourage participants to question the “why” behind already established patterns and habits, nurture curiosity through meaningful conversation, and foster support by uplifting one another along the path of never-ending student.
Applications are now closed for the 2021 training. Please stay tuned for future dates, and join our free Preview Course in the meantime.
The following is the schedule format from 2021 – stay tuned for future dates and formats.
Weekend Virtual Retreats
Meet one weekend a month, for three hours on Saturday and three hours on Sunday.
Three weekly sessions that can be joined live or revisit the recording later.
- 1.5 hour Asana exploration workshop
- 2 hour group connect + practice
- 1.5 hour restorative, meditation, pranayama practice
Small mentorship groups will be formed, meeting once a month for 3 hours at a time determined by the group. Live attendance is requested for these sessions, which will include teaching to and receiving feedback from peers and their mentor to practice refining language, sequencing, and communication, and practicing different methods/approaches to support the individual goals of each trainee.
Certification requirements include developing and facilitating a 4-6 week yoga series of their topic/choice with the support of their mentor, and collecting data from participants. Additionally, each trainee will select a topic to research and create a presentation (verbal or written) about their findings to share with their mentorship group.
In addition to the Yoga Buzz 300-hour Curriculum, trainees will be required to participate in 30 hours of outside training in a specialized topic (which must be pre-approved by training faculty). This cost is not included in the tuition.
The 300-hour In-Depth Yoga Buzz Teacher Training is centered around four main pillars: Wisdom, Resilience, Justice, and Sadhana (personal practice). Click on the pillars listed below to read more.
Delving deep into the roots of yoga, we will celebrate and honor the lineage by studying the history of the practice. Topics will include Samkhya philosophy, the Mahavidyas (10 manifestations of Divine Energy), and study of Sanskrit pronunciation.
Through a deeper exploration of myths and stories, students will be encouraged to discover common ground within modern life, while questioning and recontextualizing representations of class, gender norms, taboos, and more within pre-modern Hindu texts.
Students will spend a great deal of time reflecting on how to integrate and share philosophy in a yoga class setting.
Includes $300 non-refundable, non-transferrable deposit
Financial Aid and Payment Plans available
Meet The Training Faculty
Donna Rae Jones
Faculty + Training Coordinator
...and guest faculty to be announced!
Many students come into the program wanting to learn about the history, philosophy, and asana for their own personal knowledge. Quite often, people develop a vision of how to bring the practice to their family, friends, and community. You may never teach asana (physical) yoga classes, but very likely you will find yourself teaching yoga by leading by example as you apply the principles and methodology of yoga philosophy to your life.
First and foremost, we encourage folks who are interested in a yoga teacher training is to take a class or two with the person/people who are leading the training. Find teachers who you feel a connection to, since you’ll be spending a lot of time listening and learning from them.
The Yoga Buzz Teacher Training is unique because since its inception in 2016, we have been centering curriculum and conversation around accessibility, social justice, trauma-informed practices, and cultural appreciation. For us, these topics aren’t buzzwords or trends – they are absolutely necessary to the evolution of yoga, especially Westernized yoga in our Westernized world. In addition to talking about poses and meditation and breathwork, we talk about racism, oppression, activism, ethics, trauma, and how to be lovingly critical about our own inherent biases of what yoga is and looks like.
Our training prioritizes teaching poses by focusing on the intent, supporting the body rather than forcing the body to fit an “ideal” aesthetic of the pose. Besides, we believe the physical practice is a way to invite deeper exploration of the philosophy of yoga – Yoga as a lifestyle.
Our faculty are dedicated yoga students – specifically, we believe that some of our greatest teachers have been those who have graduated from this teacher training.
We believe yoga sets the groundwork of self-study, especially attentive to how our individual growth and evolution will impact not just the lessening of our own suffering, but contribute to the collective liberation of our community, our city, our country, and our planet.
If reading this gets you even a little bit excited – then we are equally as excited to hear from you.
We require applicants to have completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training, but are not required to have any additional teaching experience. Yoga includes asana, meditation, mindfulness, or some form of intentional and dedicated self-study – which means everyone’s practice might look very different.
Having a personal foundation with the practice of yoga will best support your own learning and growth as we dive into these teachings. We are not looking for “advanced” or “expert” practitioners, by any means – whatever your practice looks like is perfect. Asana (postural yoga) is only one part of what we address in our program.
We are looking for students who are committed, curious, and open to the challenge of seeing yoga – and life – through the perspective of diverse populations with needs that may differ from your own.
All of our YTT faculty teach for Yoga Buzz and are registered (RYT200 or higher) with Yoga Alliance.
We want you to learn from many teachers to receive varied perspectives on yoga. Each faculty teacher comes from a unique background and we feel this diversity ensures a well-rounded training experience.
The Yoga Buzz teacher training also welcomes guest presenters throughout the course of our training.
Most YTT students will do homework (watch replays, read and outside contact hours) between 3-5 hours per week, but ultimately that is up to each student. Results vary depending on what you want to achieve from your YTT.
We recommend you continue your regular practices before and throughout YTT with extra attention to care for yourself and rest enough during the off days to be ready for training weekends.
Step one is to complete the application. Each year, we receive more applications than we have available spaces for our training, which means participation in the Yoga Buzz Teacher Training is competitive. We encourage you to be thorough and thoughtful with your responses so we can get a chance to know you.
Our team reviews applications on a rolling basis, the 2nd week of each month. For those applicants who sound like they might be a good fit for the program, we follow up with an invitation to interview with one or two of our faculty via Zoom. In addition to the interview, we ask for two letters of recommendation.
If it feels like it would be a good fit, an invitation is extended to the applicant to join the program. Next step from there is to submit the deposit and begin a payment plan.
We have a limited number of scholarships available per teacher training cohort, so we encourage you to apply early. If you would require financial aid to attend, you can denote that in your application. After the interview process, additional information will be collected to help the Yoga Buzz team determine what scholarship amount may be offered.
Additionally, Yoga Buzz offers monthly payment plan options. We encourage you to apply early for the session you are interested in joining so as to be able to split up your payments in smaller monthly installments.
Yoga Alliance is a nonprofit association holding the title as the United States’ largest registry of yoga teachers and schools. It’s the world’s most popularly recognized yoga organization, internationally known for its membership credibility guide.
Yoga Alliance provides the educational training standards recommended to teachers, studios, and schools to follow in order to ensure an adequate amount of study time is being taken.
Essentially, it is a voluntary registry comprised of yoga teachers who have previously graduated from schools certified by Yoga Alliance who are looking to add further credibility to their yoga experience.
Yoga Teacher Trainings do not have to be registered with Yoga Alliance, however many elect to do so. Yoga Buzz is registered with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga School (RYS-200). You can choose to register with Yoga Alliance but it is not required. By completing the requirements with Yoga Buzz, your designation is Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT-300)
Check out our reviews on Yoga Alliance here.
Many of our graduates have gone on to teach yoga at local yoga studios and on their own at parks or local libraries. Some have started their own yoga-based organizations or even yoga studios. Some integrate yoga into their professional career, others never end up teaching a physical yoga class.
While there are many opportunities for those who are interested in teaching yoga, in full transparency it is not an easy way to make a sustainable, full-time wage. It’s not impossible, just not common. Our training provides support to understanding the basics as far as the Business of Yoga is concerned, and our faculty is always available to point graduates in the direction of additional support for their professional goals.